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  • Locations: Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France; Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 01-Oct-2020 02-Oct-2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Serracin, Mercedes Click here for a definition of this term Program Director: Davis, Radford
Housing Options: Hotel/Tourist Lodging Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: Dutch, French
Click here for a definition of this term Sponsor: Iowa State University Click here for a definition of this term ISU Course: VMPM 496
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Program Type: Direct
Program Description:
One Health European Study Abroad -The Netherlands, Belgium and France
Dates: June 16-30, 2018

This is a short-term study abroad program designed to enhance student understanding and the working nature of one health on a European and international level. This includes the overlap and connection between human health, animal health, and environmental health. General topics  to be addressed include zoonoses, food security, animal health and public health regulations, disease surveillance and reporting, regional health cooperatives, livestock and the environment, and wildlife. Students will  spend 8 days in The Netherlands, 2 in Brussels, and 2 in Paris.

Sat, June 16 (day 1)
• Depart Des Moines airport 

Sun, June 17 (day 2) – Utrecht (6 nights stay in Utrecht)
• Arrive Amsterdam, The Netherlands
• Travel: Amsterdam to Utrecht
• Students settle into Hostel Utrecht – Bunnik (6 nights) (also called the Stayokay Utrecht Bunnik)

Mon, June 18 (day 3) - Utrecht
• Morning
o Meet with Dr. Len Lipman, Professor of Public Health, Utrecht University
o Tour Utrecht University campus/veterinary school & clinics
o Learn about the vet program
o Meet the Dean of the Vet School & a few Utrecht University veterinary students
o Pick up bicycles at rental shop
o Bike to lunch, then back to vet school
• Afternoon
o Discussion of One Health in The Netherlands (National Center for One Health) and partners
o Discussion on antibiotic usage in food animals in The Netherlands
o Discussion with various Utrecht University faculty on One Health and their roles (panel discussion?) One Health priorities in The Netherlands, healthy farming, Hepatitis E, livestock and the environment, climate change
o Introduce One Health scenario for students to work on?
• Early evening
o Students taken on tour of the town of Utrecht
o Tour local area
• Welcome dinner at local restaurant

Tues, June 19 (day 4) - Utrecht
• Morning
o Field trip  8am-3 pm  
o WUR research farm (poultry, goat, dairy)
o Commercial farm visit (poultry, goat, dairy)
o Field trip concerning livestock and environment? See methods being used to reduce livestock impact?
• Afternoon  continue field trip into afternoon visiting another farm/business?
o Field trip continues, or do the following…
o Finish the One Health scenario, wrap up discussions with Dr. Lipman and others.
o Utrecht University led discussion on livestock and environmental and human health discussion/lecture. Climate change?
o Discussion on The Netherlands and flood control, combating climate change?
o Tour local area
• Evening 
o Students on their own or with Utrecht University veterinary student companions

Wed, June 20 (day 5) - Utrecht
• Morning
o Ministry of Economic Affairs (RIVM) (8-11 am)  
Marcel Spierenburg & other staff  
• Ministry of Economic Affairs
Response to animal health emergencies, reporting, surveillance, how Ministry of Economic Affairs works with Ministry of Health
• Afternoon 
Work with Dutch Wildlife Health Centre (1-5 pm)
Contacts: Andrea Gróne, Jolianne Rijks
o Discussion topics:
Brief overview of what DWHC does. Wildlife in The Netherlands, wildlife and ecosystems and human health, CITES, rewildling Europe (and risks to domestic animals and humans), One Health, disease reporting and surveillance in wildlife, risks of wildlife diseases to human health
o Field trip? (Wild boar ecology?)  
o Porpoise necropsy?
• Evening
o Event, outing, or on own

Thurs, June 21 (day 6) – Lelystad & Utrecht 
• Morning
o 6:45 am: Travel to Lelystad (1:10 hrs.).  
o 8-noon: Wageningen Bioveterinary Research 
o Contacts: Ed van Klink and H.I.J. Roest 
Tour facility & meet staff
• Role/duties/organization of Wageningen Bioveterinary Research 
• Netherlands animal disease testing, reporting, surveillance and connection with NCOH and EU integration
• Netherlands & EU food safety regulations, policies and agencies 
• Q fever and One Health
• Livestock and environmental and human health
• Afternoon
o Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve  
Discussion before arriving, tour, discussion with wildlife experts while in the park.
Focus on diseases, ecology, threat posed to animal and human health by domestic animals within park

Fri, June 22 (day 7) – The Hague, Westland? & Utrecht 
• Morning
o Leave 6:30 am - drive to Westland for horticulture tour 8-10am
See high-tech solutions that make The Netherlands #2 in world for produce export.
o Drive to The Hague  
o Ministry of Health (11-1 pm)
Contacts: Stephanie Wiessenhaan & Yvonne de Nas  
Discussion about what they do, how they work with animal health and public health agencies in The Netherlands & EU, challenges to Ministry of Health, role of the veterinarian
o Lunch 1-2  
o Ministry of Economic Affairs (2:30-4:30 pm)
Wim Pelgrim: policy officer notifiable diseases, involved in (European) legislation Animal disease reporting, outbreaks, etc. has worked with OIE
o Dinner and sites in The Hague
o Return to Utrecht in evening sometime 

Sat, June 23 & Sun, June 24 (day 8 & 9) - Amsterdam
• Sat. morning
o 8 am train to Amsterdam
o Bags to hotel early
• Sat & Sun
o Cultural experiences (Anne Frank house, Rijks Museum, canal tour, Albert Cuypt Market)

Mon June 25 (day 10) – Brussels (1 hotel night)
• Morning
o Train to Brussels (Brussels-South railway station) – late morning (2-3 hrs)
o Bags to hotel early
• Afternoon
o Moritz Klemm, DVM Legislative Officer, European Commission, Brussels.
o 1-4 pm: group meeting with EU officials on animal health, disease surveillance & reporting, response, diplomacy
• Evening
o Cultural experiences & dinner  

Tue June 26 (day 11) – Brussels/Paris (1 hotel night)
• Morning
o Cultural experiences
• Afternoon
o 2 pm: train to Paris (1.5 hrs)

Wed June 27 (day 12) – Paris (1 hotel night)
• Morning
o OIE Headquarters: 8-noon
Contacts: Tianna Brand, Francois Caya, Catherine Bertrand-Ferrandis
o Understand OIE governance, the PVS Pathway, challenges in PVS implementation, concerns for efficient veterinary services, capacity building for OIE member countries, the OIE-FAO-WHO Tripartite collaboration, World Animal Health and Welfare Fund, 21st century challenges facing OIE.
• Afternoon
o Cultural experiences

Thur June 28 (day 13) – Paris (1 hotel night)
• Morning
o Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d'Alfort
Meet Charly Pignon (Head, Exotics Medicine Service)
Tour clinics, learn about French vet education, meet others
 Students can extend trip to attend rotation
• Afternoon
o Open. Cultural experiences?

Fri June 29 (day 14) – Paris 
 o Cultural experiences
Sat June 30 (day 15) – Paris, return flight out of CDG airport